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Clinical Psychologist-Preceptorship Available B7-B8A

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Papworth Everard
£43,742 to £57,349 per annum pro rata
Closing date
27 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 8A (preceptorship available at Band 7 until two years post qualification).

We are looking for a creative, forward thinking and motivated Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical/Counselling/Forensic) to join our friendly and professional multi-disciplinary team of psychologists working within community learning disability services across Cambridgeshire.

You will be part of a team of psychologists (including Principal Clinical Psychologists, other Highly Specialist Psychologists and Assistant Psychologists) led by a Lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist. This psychology team works as part of our multidisciplinary adult community learning disability services. This is an exciting opportunity to become part of a dedicated growing team who make a difference to patients, carers and the teams you will work with. You will also play a key role in service development and evaluation.

Main duties of the job

You will be working alongside the multi-disciplinary team within the City and South locations to provide high quality assessment and interventions for adults with learning disabilities and their families/carers. There will be specific responsibilities and duties within the team (see more detailed job description).

You will also work alongside other practitioner psychologists and assistant psychologists to improve the psychology offer across the five learning disability partnership teams, providing exciting opportunity to contribute to developing clinical pathways and innovative practice. You will receive professional leadership support and line management from within a friendly and innovative psychology team.

Working Environment

To work with service users who have a learning disability within the community, in supported living, residential settings and in their own homes. There may also be some work within inpatient settings, if a service user is admitted. We anticipate that there will be lone working in the community environments, where there is an expectation to follow the relevant safety protocols. To work with clients and carers who at times are experiencing high levels of distress and some of whom may present verbal and physical challenges.

This work is likely to involve a significant amount of travel across Cambridgeshire and as there are often poor public transport links in rural areas, it is highly recommended that you have a driving license and access to a car.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities.
  • To provide specialist psychological assessment including neuropsychology assessment, to provide NICE compliant specialist psychological therapy, to provide advice and consultation on clients psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other non-professional carers leading on aspects of the training and on-going supervision of psychologists and non-psychologist staff in psychological interventions.
  • To assist with appropriate governance arrangements for all psychological services within the teams.
  • To contribute to the initial expert assessment of clients newly referred to the teams.
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the teams policies and procedures.
  • To provide advice on methods of evaluating the work of the team including advising on suitable outcomes measures.
  • To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the teams.

The post does not have any budgetary responsibilities.

Person Specification



  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996), or Counselling Psychology, as accredited by the BPS, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan development psychology
  • Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) (or eligibility for registration, if not yet qualified)


  • Additional training in one additional specialised area of psychological practice.



  • Experience of working within a Community MDT.
  • Experience of working with adults with Learning Disability
  • Experience of working with people who show behaviour of concern


  • Experience of developing service user and carer involvement
  • Record of having published in either peer reviewed or academic or professional journals and/or books.

Knowledge & Understanding


  • Doctoral level knowledge of clinical psychology including knowledge of lifespan developmental psychology, models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, and two or more distinct psychological therapies.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complete multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology MHA and MCA Knowledge.
  • IT skills
  • Understanding of research and audit processes
  • Understanding of Clinical governance
  • Awareness of current trends legislation and guidance in support for people with learning disabilities and their carers

Physical Requirements


  • Motivated towards personal and professional development with a strong CPD record.



  • Ability to Travel within a rural location.

Skills and abilities


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, psychological formulation, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration. This requires the use of highly developed analytical and judgement skills.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Effective organisation and time management skills
  • Ability to use own initiative
  • Ability to work as part of MDT
  • Ability to work under pressure and cope with stress
  • Positive attitude
  • Willingness to learn
  • Ability to contribute to service development and ability to manage change

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Sunley House

Summers Hill Drive

Papworth Everard

CB23 3RG

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